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"Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep" by Michael Schulman

'Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep' by Michael Schulman

Adult Book A portrait of a woman, an era, and a profession: The first thoroughly researched biography of Meryl Streep—the “Iron Lady” of acting, nominated for nineteen Oscars and winner of three—that explores her beginnings as a young woman of the 1970s grappling with love, feminism, and her astonishing talent.In 1975, Meryl Streep, a promising young graduate of the Yale School of Drama, was finding her place in the New York ...

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"Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor" by Clinton Romesha

'Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor' by Clinton Romesha

Adult Book The only comprehensive, firsthand account of the thirteen hour firefight at the Battle of Keating by Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha, for readers of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell   "'It doesn't get better.' To us, that phrase nailed one of the essential truths, maybe even the essential truth, about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vuln ...

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"Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success" by Angela Duckworth

'Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success' by Angela Duckworth

Adult Book In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and business people ;both seasoned and new that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called grit.Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. ...

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"Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE" by Phil Knight

'Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE' by Phil Knight

Adult Book In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from J ...

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"There Is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow" by Jeffrey Selingo

'There Is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow' by Jeffrey Selingo

Adult Book New York Times BestsellerFrom the bestselling author of College Unbound comes a hopeful, inspiring blueprint to help alleviate parents’ anxiety and prepare their college-educated child to successfully land a good job after graduation.Saddled with thousands of dollars of debt, today’s college students are graduating into an uncertain job market that is leaving them financially dependent on the ...

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"Hamilton: The Revolution" by Lin-Manuel Miranda

'Hamilton: The Revolution' by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Adult Book Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best MusicalLin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound ...

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"First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies" by Kate Andersen Brower

'First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies' by Kate Andersen Brower

Adult Book From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the groundbreaking backstairs look at the White House, The Residence, comes an intimate, news-making look at the true modern power brokers at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: the First Ladies, from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama.One of the most underestimated—and challenging—positions in the world, the First Lady of the United States must be many things: an inspiring leader with a forward-th ...

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"Becoming Grandma" by Lesley Stahl

'Becoming Grandma' by Lesley Stahl

Adult Book From one of the country’s most recognizable journalists: How becoming a grandmother transforms a woman’s life.  After four decades as a reporter, Lesley Stahl’s most vivid and transformative experience of her life was not covering the White House, interviewing heads of state, or researching stories at 60 Minutes. It was becoming a grandmother. She was hit with a jolt of joy so intense and unexpected, she w ...

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"Dream Home: The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House" by Jonathan Scott

'Dream Home: The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House' by Jonathan Scott

Adult Book .Jonathan and Drew Scott have taken HGTV by storm with their four hit shows, Property Brothers, Property Brothers at Home, Buying & Selling, and Brother vs. Brother. The talented duo’s good-natured rivalry, playful banter, and no-nonsense strategies have earned the popular twins millions of devoted fans who have been anxiously waiting for a Scott Brothers book. Dream Home is a comprehensive source, covering th ...

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"The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer" by Skip Hollandsworth

'The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer' by Skip Hollandsworth

Adult Book A sweeping narrative history of a terrifying serial killer--America's first--who stalked Austin, Texas in 1885In the late 1800s, the city of Austin, Texas was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated western outpost into a truly cosmopolitan metropolis. But beginning in December 1884, Austin was terrorized by someone equally as vicious and, in some ways, far more diabolical than London's infamous Jack the Ripper. For almo ...

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"Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble" by Dan Lyons

'Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble' by Dan Lyons

Adult Book INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Disrupted by Dan Lyons is the best book about Silicon Valley today."---Los Angeles Times"Wildly entertaining."---Ashlee Vance, New York Times-bestselling author of Elon MuskFor twenty-five years Dan Lyons was a magazine writer at the top of his profession--until one Friday morning when he recei ...

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"The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss" by Anderson Cooper

'The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss' by Anderson Cooper

Adult Book #1 New York Times Bestseller A touching and intimate correspondence between Anderson Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, offering timeless wisdom and a revealing glimpse into their livesThough Anderson Cooper has always considered himself close to his mother, his intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS affords him little time to spend with her. After she suffers a brie ...

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"The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time" by Arianna Huffington

'The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time' by Arianna Huffington

Adult Book We are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis, writes Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post. And this has profound consequences – on our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness. What is needed, she boldly asserts, is nothing short of a sleep revolution.  Only by renewing our relationship with sleep can we take back control of our lives. In he ...

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"The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future" by Steve Case

'The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future' by Steve Case

Adult Book NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLEROne of America’s most accomplished entrepreneurs—a pioneer who made the Internet part of everyday life and orchestrated the largest merger in the history of business—shares a roadmap for how anyone can succeed in a world of rapidly changing technology.Steve Case’s career began when he cofounded America Online (AOL ...

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"High-Value Veggies: A garden investment guide to edibles that give the most bang for the buck" by Mel Bartholomew

'High-Value Veggies: A garden investment guide to edibles that give the most bang for the buck' by Mel Bartholomew

Adult Book Calculate the return on investment for your vegetable garden and get the most bang for your gardening bucks!Get the most return on investment from your garden by calculating which vegetables, fruits, and herbs give the highest payback. To make the selection process of what to grow easy, Mel Bartholomew--author of the best-selling Square Foot Gardening--has a new book to maximize your garden's ROI. High-Value ...

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"The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero" by Timothy Egan

'The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero' by Timothy Egan

Adult Book From the National Book Award–winning and best-selling author Timothy Egan comes the epic story of one of the most fascinating and colorful Irishman in nineteenth-century America.   The Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one man. A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher ...

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"Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business" by Charles Duhigg

'Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business' by Charles Duhigg

Adult Book A new book that explores the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think—rather than what you think—can transform your life. ...

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"Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror" by Michael V. Hayden

'Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror' by Michael V. Hayden

Adult Book An unprecedented high-level master narrative of America's intelligence wars, from the only person ever to helm both CIA and NSA, at a time of heinous new threats and wrenching change   For General Michael Hayden, playing to the edge means playing so close to the line that you get chalk dust on your cleats. Otherwise, by playing back, you may protect yourself, but you will be less successful in protecting America. "Play t ...

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"A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy" by Sue Klebold

'A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy' by Sue Klebold

Adult Book On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill twelve students and a teacher and wound twenty-four others before taking their own lives.   For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be res ...

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"Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World" by Adam M. Grant

'Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World' by Adam M. Grant

Adult Book With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation’s most compelling and provocative thought leaders. In Originals he again addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated tradition ...

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"American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers" by Nancy Jo Sales

'American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers' by Nancy Jo Sales

Adult Book Instagram. Whisper. Yik Yak. Vine. YouTube. Kik. Ask.fm. Tinder. The dominant force in the lives of girls coming of age in America today is social media. What it is doing to an entire generation of young women is the subject of award-winning Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales’s riveting and explosive American Girls.With extraordinary intimacy and precision, Sales captures what it feels like to be a girl in America today ...

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"Pollinator Friendly Gardening: Gardening for Bees, Butterflies, and Other Pollinators" by Rhonda Fleming Hayes

'Pollinator Friendly Gardening: Gardening for Bees, Butterflies, and Other Pollinators' by Rhonda Fleming Hayes

Adult Book Want to do your part in helping your local pollinators flourish? Pollinator Friendly Gardening makes it easy. Are you interested in growing a naturally healthy garden? How about making sure your local environment helps bees, butterflies, and birds survive and thrive? If you are a beekeeper, are you looking for the ideal plants to keep your colony happy?Pollinators such as monarch butterflies and bees are ...

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"When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi

'When Breath Becomes Air' by Paul Kalanithi

Adult Book THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER'Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option...Unmissable' New York TimesAt the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live ...

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"Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars" by Juan Martinez

'Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars' by Juan Martinez

Adult Book Juan Martinez, the fiery prosecutor who convicted notorious murderess Jodi Arias for the disturbing killing of Travis Alexander, speaks for the first time about the shocking investigation and sensational trial that captivated the nation.Through two trials, America watched with baited breath as Juan Martinez fought relentlessly to convict Jodi Arias of Murder One for viciously stabbing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander to death. What emerg ...

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"Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right" by Jane Mayer

'Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right' by Jane Mayer

Adult Book Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers?      The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against “big government” led to the ascendancy of a br ...

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